Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and Code of Practice

The Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 and Code of Recommended Practice, and other guidance.

The Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 set out the legal procedure for parish reorganisation and for closing consecrated church buildings and settling their future. It was substantially amended by the Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure 2018, most of the provisions of which came into effect on 1st October 2018. The Commissioners ran a series of Conferences for dioceses highlighting the changes that would be brought in by the Amendment Measure, and copies of the presentations given by the Commissioners can be found here.

A full working text of the Measure as amended and in effect on 1st October 2018 can be found below. The changes implemented by the Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure 2018 are highlighted in yellow. 

 

Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 Code of Practice

The Commissioners have prepared a Code of Recommended Practice to accompany the Measure. This is the primary reference for anyone dealing with proposals for parish reorganisation, closed churches and related matters. 

It consists of two volumes: Volume 1 deals with pastoral reorganisation and Volume 2 with consecrated church buildings. They can both be downloaded below. 

The Commissioners' Guidance on Deanery Plans can also be found below. 

Our forms for parish reorganisation and closed church processes for official use by Dioceses can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note that we are currently updating many of our Codes of Practice, including the one for the MPM 2011. This is to reflect changes to the law that have now been brought into effect by the Mission and Pastoral etc. (Amendment) Measure 2018. Some of these provisions came into force on 1st July 2018, and most of the others on 1st October 2018

Please check this page regularly for updates. 

Parish reorganisation forms for diocesan administrators